I’ve been deciding if I should say something. I always want this to be a place of happiness and inspiration, but it has come to my attention from a few honest people out there, that not everyone is being honest with art purchased from my site.
The art from KBS has always been for personal use only. Just because you purchase an image from the Silhouette store or sites like mine does not give people the right to turn around and make a profit off of it. Unless there is a commercial license purchasing option available giving you the rights to make a profit from it, it cannot be used commercially in any capacity. It is copyrighted material. Everything from KBS is copyrighted material. Just because you buy something, does not mean you automatically get to reproduce it and make a profit on it. It’s like buying a CD. You get to use it in your home and listen to it, but you can’t turn around and reproduce it and sell it.
I work hard and spend a lot of time and money to create fabulous things for you all out there. I love it. It makes me happy. And I love seeing it come to life with the things you share with me. But it disheartens me greatly that there are people out there that take advantage of that by stealing or claiming ignorance that it’s ‘okay’ to make things and sell them without a commercial license or even asking for permission (not just me, I’m sure it happens to a lot of small businesses). Let’s put it this way, if you had an idea and sold it at a boutique, would you be mad if someone took something you sold and turned around to make something else and profited from it? All your hard work and money that you put into making it is now making someone else money when it wasn’t intended for that nor did you even give them permission?
I recognize that it’s important to be able to make a buck. I’m all for that. But let’s be honest in our dealings and do things the right way. Not just with KBS, but all around. Small businesses need support, whether it’s me, you, whoever. Be mindful and honest. If there isn’t a commercial option, you can’t use it commercially. (This goes for many free fonts too.)
The good news is, I am currently getting a Limited-Use Commercial License in place. It’s just taken me a bit longer than I’d hoped. The licensing is geared towards the crafters wanting to make fun crafts for boutiques or sell on Etsy. It is not intended for high volume production or digital reproduction. I’m out to help the little guys. Us small business owners need to stick together. :) When they are available, I’ll be thrilled for you to make things and sell them! But in the interim, it’s not okay.
So please, be aware of what you are doing.
Okay. I’m done now. Thanks for your understanding. :)